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H. L. Mencken

H. L. MenckenAKA Henry Louis Mencken

Born: 12-Sep-1880
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Died: 29-Jan-1956
Location of death: Baltimore, MD
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Cremated, Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, MD

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Critic, Journalist
Party Affiliation: See Note [2]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The American Language

Once, the most influential writer in America.


[1] Nominally a Presbyterian.

[2] "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican."

Father: August Mencken (owned cigar factory, b. 16-Jan-1854, d. 13-Jan-1899)
Mother: Anna Margaret Abhau Mencken (b. 11-Jun-1858, d. 13-Dec-1925)
Brother: Charles Mencken
Sister: Anna Gertrude Mencken (b. 17-Nov-1886, d. 28-Sep-1980)
Brother: August Mencken, Jr. (b. 18-Feb-1889, d. 19-May-1967)
Wife: Sara Powell Haardt (b. 1-Mar-1898, m. 27-Aug-1930, d. 31-May-1935 tuberculosis)
Mistress: Marion Bloom
Mistress: Aileen Pringle

    American Mercury Editor (1924-33)
    American Mercury Co-Founder with George Jean Nathan
    The Smart Set Co-Editor, with George Jean Nathan (1914-23)
    The Baltimore Sun Reporter 1906, worked most of his life
    The Baltimore Morning Herald (1899-1906)
    Tonsillectomy
    Stroke 23-Nov-1948
    German Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Smoking

Author of books:
In Defense of Women (1918, nonfiction)
Prejudices (1919-27, essays, six volumes)
The American Language (1919, nonfiction)
Happy Days (1940, memoir)
Newspaper Days (1941, memoir)
Heathen Days (1943, memoir)
My Life as Author and Editor (1993, memoir)


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